Let’s be honest. That’s typically our reaction when we feel like The Lord is reaching out to us and saying, “Hey, go tell that guy over there about me.” It’s uncomfortable and we have no idea what his reaction is going to be. Wouldn’t it take so much pressure off if evangelism had nothing to do with us?
NEWSFLASH: It doesn’t!! There, now go talk to people about the Lord. See you next Sunday. Tillman out.
No, but it all seriousness, people need to stop presenting evangelism as something that can benefit us. It can make us happy if it’s immediately successful, which is can be, but we shouldn’t be doing it to feel happy. If that’s the case, 90% of the time, it’s going to fail, as people get angry, or ignore, or find excuses to leave. Sometimes they go beyond angry to threatening. Evangelism is hard, and happiness is not the point of it.
“So what about earning our salvation? If we spread the gospel to someone, doesn’t that cover 90% of our salvation?”
STOP IT!!! Whoever just said that, go stand in the corner. And while you’re over there, go read Ephesians Chapter 2. Specifically verses 8 & 9. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The only time evangelism affected our salvation was the time someone evangelized us…..to us? However you’d say it, it’s true. We don’t evangelize to earn salvation. It doesn’t work like that. We have fully gifted grace.
“So doesn’t it help us get just a tiny bit closer to THE LORD?”
SOMETIMES! Yes, sometimes it can be an incredible experience and we get something out of it, but that isn’t the reason we bring the gospel to people. Look, let me spell it out for you.
Evangelism is a totally selfless act. We live in a world where billions of people are going with grace every day and their only hope is the gospel. If not us, their fellow human beings, who will they get it from? Yes, I believe the Lord shows Himself to everyone at some point in his/her life, one way or another, but what if He’s choosing to do that through us? The Devil knows that in the end, his battle is lost, but that isn’t stopping him from trying to take as many people down with him as possible. Our job while we’re on Earth is simple. Take as many people with us as possible. This is not a difficult concept. Evangelize people….to people….however you say it. Not for your sake, but for the sake of the people. They NEED the gospel, they NEED Jesus, and you have the opportunity to introduce them. Tillman out.